Michigan murderer who escaped, caught in LaPorte Co. arraigned

By: NewsCenter 16 Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Email

IONIA, Mich. (AP) - A convicted multiple killer who broke out of a Michigan prison in February has been arraigned on escape, carjacking and kidnapping charges.

Michael Elliot appeared Wednesday afternoon in Ionia District Court. Judge Raymond Voet entered a not-guilty plea for him and scheduled a court conference May 5.

Voet also set a probable-cause hearing on the charges for May 7. Elliot is being held at the nearby Bellamy Creek Correctional Facility.

Elliot was captured Feb. 3 in LaPorte County, Ind., one day after escaping Ionia Correctional Facility in western Michigan. Authorities say the 40-year-old slipped under gates and made holes in fences before carjacking a woman in Ionia.

Elliot is serving life without parole for first-degree murder in the shooting of four people during the 1993 robbery of a drug dealer.

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